Steichen and the sculptor Constantin Brancusi first met at Auguste Rodin’s studio in 1907. The two artists remained close friends, and in 1920 Brancusi created a special twenty-four-foot-high version of his sculpture Endless Column for the garden of Steichen’s villa outside of Paris. Carved from a tree felled on the grounds of the villa, the artwork was integrally tied to its setting and realized Brancusi’s unflagging ambition to have his work sited out of doors. The day the sculpture was installed, Steichen made this photograph of a group of five workmen erecting the column, supervised by Brancusi, who stands at the left in a pair of wooden Dutch clogs.
Inscription: Inscribed in unknown hand in pencil on print, verso TC: "Brancusi "Endless Column" // in Mr. Steichens Garden, Voulangis, France"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso C: "1 1/2" [sideways]; dealer's inventory number in pencil on print, verso BC: "PF36963 (PF93677)"
Edward Steichen, by descent to his widow Joanna Steichen; Private collection, US (from 2005); [Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York]